Welcome to Year 4

My name is Mrs Sulway and I have the pleasure of teaching the Year 4 class alongside Mrs Taylor. I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some details about the work and activities that we have planned for this term and any other information that is relevant.

This term’s topic will be Active Planet. Our main focus will be on rivers in Wales and Great Britain, looking at the issue of flooding. We will also be covering water habitats in Science and will visit the Welsh Water site at Cilfynydd, where the children will undertake a river study looking at plants and animals. Also there will be a careers week where parents will be encouraged to come into school and describe their jobs and what it involves.


We have enjoyed our trips to Llancaiach Fawr and Techniquest.

At Llancaiach Fawr we  looked at life in Stuart times and completed workshops on; sweet meats, children’s lives and the workings of the Local Court.


We enjoyed our visit to Techniquest, it made us realise that Science can be fun!

Year 4 trip to Techniquest

Updated: Summer Term 2019

Through our topic, we will write about the impact of flooding discussing how people cope in the aftermath of such events. We will also be concentrating on a writing poetry, fact files on rivers and Persuasive writing. We will complete a range of comprehension exercises and continue to develop a range of punctuation and spelling patterns.


We will be looking at time involving minutes and seconds and how long activities last along with experiments in science. We will be examining Venn & Carroll diagrams. We will also focus on problem solving with money. Through our daily maths activities we will also look at reading and writing numbers to 10 000 and knowing the value of each number. We will be positioning and comparing 4 and 5 digit numbers and rounding to the nearest 100 and 1000.

We will be multiplying and dividing by dividing by 10 and 100 by moving the digit. We will also be focusing on the 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 times tables. We will be doubling and halving 3 and 4 digit numbers. We will be adding and subtracting numbers using various different strategies. Further to this we will be calculating the perimeter of squares and rectangles, telling the time to the nearest minute, draw lines to the nearest millimetre and represent data using lists, tally charts, tables and diagrams.

The topic is Water World, in which we will study plant and animal life around rivers and pond, looking at birds, fish, amphibians and their life cycles. 

Religious Education
The children will study how Ascension is celebrated in our church and stories from the Bible relating to forgiveness. 

Value of the half term
FORGIVENESS AND RESPONSIBILITY. We will listen and respond to stories of forgiveness in the Bible and understand that for Christians, Jesus’ death on a cross is the ultimate revelation of God’s all forgiving love, and his sacrifice stands as a source of inspiration to forgive others, no matter what the cost. 

Responsibility – We will be exploring what this means in terms of taking responsibility for yourself and others in daily life and in a Christian context -being responsible for the things you say and the actions you take. This theme will be covered in Class and Whole School Worship and referred to in our everyday dealings with pupils.

Updated: Summer Term 2019

The children will learn how to describe somebody using the third person, talk  and write about the family. 

In our topic, we will study rivers in Wales and Great Britain and the effects of flooding around the world.  

The children will create a Waterlilies inspired oil pastille picture; a Georgia O’Keef inspired river drawing and river landscapes using Pointilism

As part of our topic the children will design and make rafts that will allow people to escape a flood. 

Exploring descriptive sounds about animals.

Developing the use of Multimedia and coding to create simple programs.


Updated: Summer Term 2019

Homework is also set on a Friday to be completed and brought in by the Thursday so that the work can be marked. Dojo points are rewarded for completed homework.

Other Information
Reading days will remain the same as last term.

Please ensure your child has the full PE kit for outside, as we will be working on rugby and football skills after half term we will be doing gymnastics.

  • Science trip to Cilfynydd 15.5.19
  • Sports Day 19.6.19

What can you do to help?
Please hear your child read or read with them on a daily basis, whether it is a school book, library book, comic or on line games. Talk to them about what we have been studying in school and research the subjects with them to build up their knowledge and confidence.

Tell the time with them regularly and give them opportunities to actually handle money – counting it out and working out the change. Practise tables on a regular basis.

We hope you find this information useful. Thank you in anticipation of your continued co-operation and support.

We would welcome anybody who has expertise in any of the areas that we are studying this term to come in and share your experiences with us!  In the meantime, if you have any queries/questions please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

Diolch yn fawr,
Mrs Taylor